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Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives

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Brewing one’s own beer helps the conservative settle back into a habitual patience and a dedication to process and institutions that are an assurances of good government in any republic… For the Christmas of 2016, I recommend you get the conservative in...
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Whatever you think about the choice of General James Mattis for secretary of defense, you have to admire this about him: He takes his personal library of more than 6,000 books with him to every post. An...

Anyone who doesn’t like good barbecue deserves a lump of charcoal in his stocking. Barbecue, like politics, should be local. So get your special someone a gift pack of some of the South’s best regional barbecue sauces: Owensboro,...
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This past year I read or re-read the following that reminded me of the permanent things that inform the good, true, and beautiful: Daniel Taylor's Death Comes for The Deconstructionist: A unique murder mystery that also...
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What do you get for the imaginative conservative who has everything? That’s a trick question, of course: the imaginative conservative never has everything because he never rests in his pursuit of...

What better gift than music for the season in which we celebrate God, the source of all beauty, becoming man? Here are recommendations of ten outstanding albums of Christmas-themed classical...
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Are you scratching your head over what to buy the conservative gentleman in your life? Please avoid the “hideous tie so kindly meant,” the slippers, the pipe or another sweater. Choose gifts that...
Christmas gifts of permanence
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The last year or so has been a most propitious time for thoughtful studies of social and political life. In an age when fewer and fewer people read serious books, a gift of...
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Do you ever wonder about Santa’s elves? In the German folkloric tradition, Jacob Grimm tells us that the elves accompanying the kindly gift-giver were there to threaten, beat, or kidnap naughty children. These creatures were associated with...

On election night, when the returns come in, folks around the country generally look upon the results from New England with a mixture of horror and puzzlement. Even though I have lived in New England most of my...
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Terrapin: Poems by Wendell Berry Tom Pohrt illustrates a collection of Wendell Berry poems in a lovely volume, perfect as a gift for young and old alike. Toys From Kaz Woodcraft Real toys made...

As we approach Christmas and as The Imaginative Conservative continues to perform the excellent service of suggesting gifts for the grand holiday, I had the chance to talk to one of the most successful and imaginative conservatives in...
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So I know it is seasonal and traditional to tell our readers what to buy their loved and liked ones for Christmas. The problem with coming up with such a list is that I might disappoint...
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The great Southern novelist Walker Percy called singer-writer Bruce Springsteen his "favorite American philosopher." Raised in a blue-collar household in central New Jersey, Mr. Springsteen was not exposed to literature by his parents and attended a junior college only...